The West Virginia University system including
the WVU Research Corp., will close Friday, June 18, following a Presidential
Proclamation and separate declaration issued by Gov. Jim Justice proclaiming a
state holiday in recognition of Juneteenth.
Juneteenth, which is held on June 19 each year, celebrates the ending of
slavery in the U.S. This year, June 19 falls on a Saturday. As a result,
Friday, June 18, will be recognized as a full-day holiday for all public
employees of the state.
While classes (undergraduate and graduate) are canceled Friday, some essential
campus services will remain open. If you have any questions, reach out to your
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Days and camp activities that were scheduled for Friday, June 18 will continue
The WVU Libraries will be closed, although the West Virginia Day events will
continue to be held virtually.
WVU Extension Service offices will be closed across the state due to the
holiday. However, Jackson’s Mill will remain open. Some Extension activities,
such as 4-H camps, also will continue as scheduled. Please check with the
The closure will be effective for all non-essential personnel beginning at
midnight through 11:59 p.m. on Friday. Employees who are considered essential
personnel will be contacted by their supervisor with additional information
regarding the work schedule tomorrow.
Units with existing emergency closure protocols should follow those. Employees
with questions or concerns should contact their supervisor.
The University will reopen on a normal schedule Saturday, June 19 and classes
will resume on Monday, June 21.